The chairman of Grantham Business Club ran the London Marathon on Sunday and has raised about £1,000 for Diabetes UK in memory of his mother.
Stuart Pigram ran the course with the added complication of a cold. He finished the course in five hours and 38 minutes.
Stuart said: “Unfortunately, with the combination of a cold and a tickly cough maintaining oxygen was too challenging towards the second half of the run. My total time was a disappointing 5:38 which is particularly so bearing in mind my time at the half way point was just over two hours!
He added: “But on to positives. For anyone that has been involved in the London Marathon, either as a runner or a spectator, will know how fantastic the event is, how it captures so many people’s imaginations. From early morning support around the streets of South London to amazing, almost deafening cheering along the Embankment leading around Big Ben and approaching Buckingham Palace. So many people, four or five deep, both sides of the road. It was truly mind-blowing.
“Despite how I was feeling, there was no way I was going to give up, knowing that my wife, Sharon and two children Jake and Emily were there supporting me along the route and were there to give me a huge hug at the finish certainly spurred me on. Also the money raised in memory of my late mother for Diabetes UK which should reach around £1,000 gives you a real reason for doing it.
“Would I do it again? Of course I would.”